Western armchair revolutionaries

Although Egypt has occupied all the attention last week, Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom,  wrote an excellent response here to the Guardian’s breathless expose of the “Palestinian papers”

As he begins “Never has a British broadsheet so openly served the agenda of Middle Eastern extremism. The Guardian must be commended for its transparency — readers can no longer doubt its affinity for Hamas. Al-Jazeera, Qatar’s equivalent of the BBC World Service, appointed the newspaper as its western gatekeeper for a cache of leaked Palestinian Authority documents. The self-appointed guardian of Palestinian truth has maximized its opportunity to pledge allegiance to the hard-line, national fantasies which have crippled the Palestinian cause for decades.”

Prosor continues “The Palestinian Authority is under attack. Middle Eastern extremists and western armchair revolutionaries are lambasting the PA leadership for, even in private, budging an inch towards the concessions needed to achieve peace. For one newspaper, the Palestinian leadership is not Palestinian enough.”

“From his London salon one senior columnist bemoaned the “decay of what in Yasser Arafat’s heyday was an authentic national liberation movement.” For him, it seems, Palestinian authenticity can only be achieved through the massacre of athletes at the Munich Olympics, the hijacking of planes or the suicide bombing of civilians in shopping malls and pizza parlors. In his eyes, negotiations are an affront to the romanticized fetishism of “resistance.”

“Mahmoud Abbas admonished such an outlook in a speech in 2006, but which is just as apt today. “They are sitting in comfortable places and have not got the dust of this homeland on their shoes,” said the Palestinian president. “They give orders from afar, and reject offers from afar. Give orders to yourselves! Talk about yourselves. The people here will make the decisions.”

… Prosor continues in very direct style, with words that ring true about the invariably anti-Israel Western armchair revolutionaries who inhabit Marrickville and other danger spots.

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